The Independent reports:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, appeared at a press conference on Tuesday and endorsed a proposal by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. that certain counties secede from Virginia and join Justice’s neighboring state.
“West Virginia’s role is one thing, and that is to tell the world just how inviting we are and that we would welcome [them] with open arms,” Justice said on Tuesday. “If there’s people, or there’s businesses, or there’s counties that are discontented, we want the world to know just how welcoming West Virginia is.”
Moments earlier, Falwell had described the Legislature in Virginia as a “barbaric, totalitarian and corrupt Democratic regime” that is “trampling on individual rights throughout the state.”
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